Reception: Miss Cantwell and Miss Houghton

In Reception we... work as a team, help each other, learn and explore but most importantly enjoy coming to school! Scroll down the page to see the most recent events! 
Enjoying our first day together in Reception, exploring our classroom and outdoor area! 
Having a brilliant time exploring during our Forest school time, having the opportunity to go in the invention shed we will have a weekly session doing both each week. We are so excited for our next one! 
Completing our art work based on the work of a famous artist Kandinsky, he different shapes and lots of different colours on his art work. We explored the different colours we could make just by mixing colours together. We discovered that using white makes the colour light, and using black makes the colour darker.  
Making good use of our waterpoofs and wellies to get out and about whatever the weather! 
What a fantastic time we had on our 'come and see the classroom day' a great opportunity to show off to the grown ups all of the lovely areas we have to play in! 
Another busy week for everyone in Reception, working on finishing what we have started even when it takes a long time! 
What a busy Forest School sessions we had this week, rolling down the hill, climbing the hill to collect the fallen leaves, making magic wands and even enough time to do some leaf printing. Everyone had a lot of fun and the weather was fantastic! 
It is hard work organising and then enjoying a party! We had to set the table, take everyone's orders, make the food, serve the food and then clear it all away. Phew! What a lot of team work and communication was required to make it a success! 
Some fantastic number formation in Reception this week, finding a number, matching the right amount of objects to it and then recording the number we found! 
Lots to explore this week inside, activities that require us to look closely at different items including ourselves! Thinking about making our own choices about which vegetables we like and which vegetables we do not like in preparation for making our own soup. 
After a close inspection of our wildlife area to look for the type of food the birds might eat, we quickly discovered there was not much food around, so we decided to gather the equipment we needed and make our own bird food. 
What a great time we had sliding down the mud slide we made on the field. Our waterproofs were unrecognisable when returning to our classroom! 
What a great team we are in Reception, this week during our Forest school session we thought about how we could make a den together to keep ourselves dry from the rain. The children worked together to build their den and the biggest challenge was making sure everyone could fit in it once it was finished! 
We sorted the numbers together but some of them were hidden so we had to work together to find out which numbers were needed to complete the set. 
This week in reception we have thought about all things... CHRISTMAS! The special day is getting closer and closer and we are all so excited, we had a special visit from Santa and managed to tell him just in time what we would all like for Christmas but of course he already knew that! Look at our tree that we decorated ourselves! 
Some lovely conversations took play in the teepee this week, the children have really enjoyed catching up with each other after the half term break and sharing all of the lovely things they have been doing. 
A lot of team work has taken place this week in Reception, the children have been working hard together to be successful with what they want to achieve!  
What a great time we have had in Reception this week. We have thought about all things to do with the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have used different voices for the characters, we have become the characters and we have worked as a team to make our own bridges. A very busy week! 
What a lovely morning we had, our grown ups were allowed to come and see our classroom. There were so many people in class and it was great to see everyone so busy and interested in the work we do in Reception! 
What a FANTASTIC visit we had to the building site near to school. Being able to have a look around, follow safety measures, have the chance to ask questions about how the houses are built and the materials used to make them, and seeing first hand all the different people who are needed to make it a success. We were lucky enough to be able to have a look around the show room too, wellies were removed at speed! We cant wait to see how long it takes for all of the work to be completed and hopefully we will be able to have a return visit to see it! 
This week we went out for our forest school session and the older children were busy having a fire and cooking with it. We were lucky enough that they let us join them! We are looking forward to completing our own sessions using fire in the summer term. 
This week we have started our new topic all about 'Space' we have thought about what aliens might look like, transformed our home corner to a space cafe and had the chance to make our own rockets, as well as many other exciting and important jobs. 
We had a great time outside in the snow, having the chance to work as a team to build a snowman! 
We have thought about 'halving' this week in Numeracy, thinking about it as needing to be two groups that have the same amount in each group. 
We had a fantastic time for World Book Day in Reception, we had our traditional catwalk to show off our costumes, we made bookmarks, made a collection of our favourite books and even wrote about our costume choices! What a busy time we had!